December 12 – 1 John 1:1; “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life.”
One of the myriads of Jesus’ names is the Word. We see it here in the epistle of first John and in the gospel of John as well; “In the beginning was the Word…”
In the Greek, “Word” is logos. It tells us that Jesus was with God before time came to be. The following definition of “Word” comes from Holman Bible Dictionary; “Jesus Himself is the Word—the living Word. The preexistent Word who was with God “in the beginning” has now become flesh (John 1:1-18). Scholars have frequently claimed that John used logos in a philosophical sense to refer to the world’s controlling rational principle (Stoicism) or to the created intermediary between God and His world (Philo). However, John’s word is not a principle or divine characteristic. It is a preexistent, life-giving person. John opposed Greek philosophy by arguing that salvation comes not by mankind’s escape from this world but by God entering and redeeming creation.”
See here how Joseph Smith has changed the translation. He did this in an attempt to strip the Deity of power.
“In the beginning was the gospel preached through the Son. And the gospel was the word, and the word was with the Son, and the Son was with God, and the Son was of God.” Joseph Smith Translation – John 1:1. (emphasis mine)